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‘Dispensing Patients’

People are often uncertain what qualifies a patient registered with The Broadshires Health Centre to obtain their prescription items from the pharmacy at the Health Centre.

Legally a ‘Dispensing patient’ is defined as someone who lives more than one mile (1.6km) from their nearest chemist. Thus for the majority of our patients, anyone who lives more than a mile from the surgery in Carterton is entitled to obtain their prescription items from the pharmacy at the Health Centre.  However a patient registered with us who lives within a mile of another dispensing chemist, such as Lloyds Pharmacy, is not entitled to obtain their prescriptions from the Health Centre.

Dispensing patients are free to choose to collect their prescription items from a chemist if they so prefer, but patients living within a mile of a chemist are not allowed to collect their prescriptions from the Health Centre.

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